If there is any car in the Indian market that not only changed the brand image of an automaker but also raised the consumers' expectations of an urban SUV, it's THE Creta. Hyundai Creta has been around since 2015 and has managed to sell around 9.8 lakh units, showing us its dominance on the road. Its enduring popularity is a testament to its no-nonsense design, decent performance, and multiple features. Be it a car enthusiast or simply looking for a reliable and stylish ride, the Creta has always been a favourite choice. The 2024 iteration of the Creta launched at an introductory price of 11 lakhs for the base variant and went all the way up to 20 lakhs for the top-end vehicle. The driving impressions of the new Creta go live tomorrow, so stay tuned to the TopGear India website; until then, here's everything you need to know.
The 2024 Hyundai Creta is built on Hyundai's Global Design Language of 'Sensuous Sportiness'. The front fascia is now wholly new, with a revised grille with a parametric jewel. The design of the headlamps and front bumper is also all-new. There haven't been any noticeable changes when viewed from the side. The rear also gets a redesigned design theme with a connected tail lamp across the breadth of the tailgate, a design theme that is getting quite popular nowadays. The 2024 Hyundai Creta gets seven exterior paint jobs—six monotone and one dual-tone, which includes the all-new Robust Emerald Pearl, Fiery Red, Ranger Khaki, Abyss Black, Atlas White, Titan Grey, and Atlas White with Black Roof (dual-tone).
On the inside, the Hyundai Creta has a revamped dashboard layout resembling the Tuscon. It now gets a large unit, wherein one 10.25-inch is for instrumentation, and the other 10.25-inch is for infotainment. The instrument cluster now gets three themes, and it also displays for the blind view monitor that relays footage from the side view mirrors when the indicator is activated. The infotainment screen, on the other hand, gives the option to have the UI in 12 regional languages. In terms of safety, the most significant addition to the new Creta is radar and camera-based advanced driver assist systems or ADAS, which will be only available in higher-spec models. 6-airbags as standard will be available across all trims.
In terms of engine and powertrain, the 2024 Creta now gets a new 1.5-litre turbo-petrol unit, replacing the previously available 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine. The new 1.5-l engine comes mated with a seven-speed DCT unit that produces 160 hp of peak power and 253 Nm of torque. There is also a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that develops 116 hp of power and 144Nm of torque. This N-A engine comes mated with either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed iVT. There is also a 1.5-l diesel engine that produces 112hp of power and 250Nm of torque. The Creta goes up against VW Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, MG Astor, Honda Elevate, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Kia Seltos, and Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder.